After last week’s goalfest, we’re looking forward to another cracking gameweek that hopefully promises more tasty fantasy points. The season is slowly taking shape and we’re seeing teams and players we can trust as we move forward. On the other hand there are plenty of teams yet to find any consistency and most of their players should be avoided at all costs.
Many managers have forked out the top fee for the league’s best striker Aguero following his 4-goal blitz against Spurs and they’ll be keenly watching him in Saturday’s early kick off when City travel to West Ham. He has incredible talent and is the attacker, defenders are most afraid of at the moment.
Many eyes will also be on Southampton’s fixture with Stoke at 3pm, after the mauling they gave Sunderland. A similar scoreline is highly unlikely but the Saints will be flowing with confidence and a victory would not be wholly unexpected. Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from the demoralising Madrid defeat by hosting Hull, whilst Sunderland face Arsenal looking to restore some pride after last week’s showing.
On Sunday, we’ll be monitoring Everton’s backline as they travel to Burnley. They secured a solid victory over Villa where Baines, Coleman and Jagielka provided attacking returns, and they could be set for further points against goal-shy Burnley. The game we’re most looking forward to here at FFA though comes at 4pm when United take on Chelsea. Gary Neville has mentioned how Chelsea have the talent to exploit United at set pieces with their height and with injury concerns dogging Di Maria, it could be a difficult afternoon for United fans.
QPR wrap things up for us on Monday night when they host Aston Villa. Neither team have been in any particularly strong form so there aren’t many players here to follow for our fantasy sides but you never know, Monday could be the start one of these sides needs to get things going.
If you’re new to Fantasy Football Addict, this is our weekly segment where we choose 11 players in a valid formation to enter our Fantasy Football Addict Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. We look into the fixtures and form to see which players are most likely to score high.
So without further ado, here is our selection for the 9th gameweek of the season:
- Lukasz FABIANSKI [LEI(H), 5.1m] – Swansea’s form has been a little indifferent but they have managed to keep 3 clean sheets so far this season. Next up, Fabianski faces a Leicester side who failed to score against Newcastle last time out. If Swansea turn on the style for this game, they could give Fabianski a trouble-free weekend.
- Ryan BERTRAND [STO(H), 5.4m] – Despite the various goalscorers and creators last weekend, Bertrand found himself as the recipient of a single bonus point to show just how well he performed in this match statistically. He’s picked up 34 points in his last 5 games from a mixture of attacking and defensive returns and they could be set to continue against Stoke.
- Andre WISDOM [CPL(H), 4.1m] – After a rocky start to the season, West Brom have turned things around with 2 wins and a draw in their last 4 games. This includes two clean sheets picked up against Spurs and Burnley, and against Palace, Wisdom will be looking for one more. Priced at 4.1m, he’s a budget defender who faces a nice little fixture run with Leicester and Newcastle coming after Palace.
- Leighton BAINES [BUR(A), 7.1m] – Baines rewarded our faith last weekend with a 15-point haul against Villa thanks to 2 assists in addition to a clean sheet. Whilst other expensive defenders like Ivanovic are stuttering, Baines is fully justifying his pricetag and could be in for another big haul as Everton visit Turf Moor next to take on goal-shy Burnley.
- Christian ERIKSEN [NEW(H), 7.8m] – After only a cameo in the convincing victory over Asteras Tripoli, Eriksen should be fresh for Sunday’s match against Newcastle. Given a largely free role in the centre, Eriksen is beginning to reward Pochettino after scoring in both of the previous gameweeks. Spurs created plenty of chances against City and if they can put in a similar performance, they may have too much for Newcastle to handle.
- Dusan TADIC [STO(H), 7.6m] – We were right on the money last week with Tadic finally coming to fantasy fruition after weeks of promising statistics. He was instrumental in the mauling of Sunderland, creating 4 in addition to getting his own name on the scoresheet. It won’t be as easy against Stoke but the Saints will be full of confidence and will look to give their home fans another performance to be proud of.
- Eden HAZARD [MUN(A), 9.9m] – Hazard failed to return any points last week but as he showed against Maribor, scoring twice and creating another, the talent is still there. It was a tight call between the Belgian and Fabregas (who is in charge of set pieces) but given their similar pricetags now, we decided to go for Hazard who will have far less defensive duties. Against a very shaky United backline, Hazard could have a field day if he’s in the destructive mood.
- Raheem STERLING [HUL(H), 9.0m] – As expected, Sterling shook off any doubts surrounding his tiredness to put in a solid performance full of running and creativity against QPR. Liverpool’s overall performance wasn’t great but Sterling continues to be the one shining light who can sometimes create something out of nothing. Against Hull, they’ll be desperate to atone for the defeat to Madrid and give the Anfield faithful something to cheer about.
- Graziano PELLE [STO(H), 8.1m] – Pelle continued his fine form in the 8-0 victory over Sunderland, scoring twice whilst creating another. With 6 goals to his name already, Pelle has settled quickly to life in the Premier League and will be thoroughly enjoying his football. At 8.1m, he remains at a great price and is sure to be looking for further goals as any striker does when in great form.
- Sergio AGUERO (C) [WHM(A), 12.5m] – Speaking of great form, we also have Aguero, although he comes in at a significantly higher price. But the Argentinian is worth every penny when he’s playing like he currently is, as Spurs found out. Aguero is the deadliest striker in the Premier League and seems capable of scoring from various distances with either foot. Allardyce may have some plan to contain Aguero but more than likely he’ll fail to do so.
- Danny WELBECK [SUN(A), 7.3m] – Welbeck got his domestic goalscoring back on track, notching a late equaliser for Arsenal to show that although he may not be as deadly as other strikers, he will keep going until the end. At 7.3m, it’s very hard to ignore his value and until Sanchez begins to justify his lofty pricetag or Walcott or Ramsey come back into the picture, Welbeck is a solid option to cover Arsenal’s attacking exploits. Sunderland will have a lot to answer for this weekend and it’ll be interesting to see how they react to last week’s loss.
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